Annual meeting of the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires

Common resources are the inheritance of all beings, human and non-human, the
present generation and those of the future. To steward these resources in a
manner that accounts for the value of a clean environment, a vibrant
community, and a just society requires a new system for their allocation.

Bob Swann, founder of the community land trust movement, believed that it is
the commodification of the commons that "erodes the commitment to community
and place which is the last safeguard of our shared inheritance--the rivers,
lakes, forests, and wildlands."

Land, and other common resources, should be managed for the common good. A
community land trust allows individuals to gain long-term use rights to the
land through the social contract of a lease, as an alternative to ownership
rights secured by monetary exchange. At the heart of the lease is a land
use plan detailing ecological qualities of a site and establishing
development limits.

Securing right of use rather than ownership, shifts the value derived from
land from speculative gain to the productive capacity of the individual. At
the same time the ability to build equity on and through the commons invests
the individual in its long-term protection and renewal.

The individual's stake in our common resources is the subject of Peter
Barnes new book "Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons." He
believes that a system must be devised to account, within the market, for
the value of the commons.

To do so, he proposes creating nonprofit trusts to manage the commons.
These organizations would set sustainable limits and assess fees for use,
creating an economic system in which individuals and corporations would be
charged commensurate with use of our limited resources.

Such a policy would favor non-polluting energy sources, local production,
and the transformation of land use policies. In addition, the trusts would
return a portion of the income to citizens equally, creating a broad
stakeholder interest in the health of the commons.

Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who founded several successful
socially conscious companies. In 1983 he co-founded Working Assets Money
Fund and subsequently served as president of Working Assets Long Distance,
which donates one percent of all customer long distance phone charges to
progressive non-profits. In the twenty-one years they have been in business
Working Assets members have helped raise over $50 million for charity.

At present Barnes serves as senior fellow at the Tomales Bay Institute
( in Point Reyes Station, California. The mission of
the Tomales Bay Institute is to "develop an intellectual framework that
includes the commons as well as the market and the state, and to inject that
expanded framework into America's vision of possibilities."

Barnes is the author of several books including "Who Owns the Sky: Our
Common Assets and the Future of Capitalism? " In 1997 he founded the Mesa
Refuge, a writers' retreat in northern California.

The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires will host Peter Barnes
as part of its January 12, 2007 annual meeting. The event is open to the
public and will be held at 7:30 PM at the First Congregational Church in
Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tickets are 5 BerkShares (
at the door.

For more information, call (413) 528.1737 or visit The
meeting is co-sponsored by the E. F. Schumacher Society
( and the Orion Society (

Michael Gordon for
E. F. Schumacher Society
140 Jug End Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-1737

Board of Directors: Jessica Brackman, Starling Childs, Merrian Fuller,
Hildegarde Hannum, Eric Harris-Braun, Constance Packard, Joseph Stanislaw,
Ganson Taggart, Nancy Jack Todd, and Charles Turner.
Board of Founders: Ian Baldwin, David Ehrenfeld, Satish Kumar,
John McClaughry, and Kirkpatrick Sale.
Advisory Board: Tanya Berry, Thomas Berry, Wendell Berry, Lisa Byers, Olivia
Dreier, Hazel Henderson, Wes Jackson, Amory Lovins, John McKnight, David
Orr, Michael Shuman, Cathrine Sneed, Lewis Solomon, John Todd, Greg Watson,
and Arthur Zajonc.

Event title:
Annual meeting of the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires
2007-01-12 19:30 (Calendar)
2007-01-12 22:00


Stockbridge, MA
United States
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